The script Tomi written by the Finnish scriptwriter Lassi Markus King was awarded a prize by the NISI MASA Script Contest 2004 on the theme "Other".
Right after the good news, the production company Double Cross Mediahouse Ltd. and G.R.E.C., the provider of the prize, began organising the production of Tomi, led by director and scriptwriter Lassi Markus King.
The budget of the short film was 15 000 euros in total.
Double Cross Mediahouse Ltd was responsible for the actual making of the short film. The main people working for the production were Janne Wrigsted together with the people of the Finnish member organisation of NISI MASA, Euphoria Borealis.
The pre-production of the film was launched in the beginning of the year 2005. The casting and rehearsals took place during the summer and finally in the autumn the studio of Kinoproduction company was rented and the settings of the film were built. Shooting took six days. Many professional and talented actors were finally found, who participated with great enthousiasm in the making of this short film.
The film was shot with a Panasonic 150P DV-camera, mounted with the filters and lenses from a 35 mm film camera. This choice made it possible to shoot a lot more material. All in all over 15 hours the 15-minutes of the final movie were shot. Post-production took place at the end of 2005 and the beginning of 2006. The director of the film was also responsible for editing the film. The soundtrack and the foley were realised by the talented Jussi Honka.
The premiere of the film was at the Euphoria Borealis cineclub at KoKo Theatre in Helsinki on the 9th of May 2006. Tomi has since been screened at numerous festivals around Europe. It received the grand prize at the Paris Tout Court Festival 2007 in the international programme.
Tomi has been screened in competition at the following festivals: